Asus Zenfone 2 ROG Deluxe Edition to land next week for Php20,995

Asus has another Zenfone up its sleeve — it’s the Asus Zenfone 2 ROG Deluxe Edition. This variant of the popular Zenfone 2 is inspired by Asus’ Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand.

The model that will be released in the Philippines will have the same exact configuration as the Zenfone Zoom but Asus is going to throw in a 128GB microSD card for free for a total storage of 256GB.

Asus ZenFone Zoom specs:
5.5 inch IPS LCD display @ 1920×1080 pixels, 401ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
2.5GHz Intel Atom Z3590 64-bit quad-core CPU
PowerVR 6430 GPU
128GB internal storage
up to 128GB via microSD card
13-megapixel rear camera w/ 3x optical zoom, dual-tone LED flash
5-megapixel front-facing camera
LTE Cat4+
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS w/ A-GPS support
3000mAh Li-Po battery
Android 5.0 Lollipop w/ Zen UI

The Zenfone 2 ROG Deluxe Edition is expected to retail for Php20,995.

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Comparison: ASUS Zenfone Max vs Lenovo Vibe P1

Yesterday we brought you our hands-on of the ASUS ZenFone Max, one of the company’s newest smartphone with a 5,000mAh battery. Impressive, but there’s another phone out there that carries the same amount of juice, the Lenovo Vibe P1. If you’re torn between the two, then take a look our specs comparison below.

zenfone max vs vibe p1

ASUS ZenFone Max (ZC550KL)Lenovo Vibe P1
5.5-inch HD IPS display5.5-inch Full HD IPS display
Corning Gorilla Glass 4Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core CPU1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core CPU
Adreno 306 GPUAdreno 405 GPU
16GB internal storage32GB internal storage
up to 128GB via microSDup to 128GB via microSD
13MP rear camera w/ Laser AF, dual-tone flash13MP rear camera w/ Phase-Detect AF, dual-tone flash
5MP front camera5MP front camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, EDRBluetooth 4.1
Fingerprint scanner
Android 5.0 Lollipop w/ ZenUIAndroid 5.1 Lollipop w/ Vibe UI
5,000mAh non-removable battery w/ OTG Charging5,000mAh non-removable battery w/ OTG Charging
156 x 77.5 x 10.55 mm152.9 x 75.6 x 9.9 mm
202 g189 g
Faux LeatherAluminum

Based on the table above, the ZenFone Max and the Vibe P1 share similar specs like display size, RAM, camera resolution, Dual-SIM capabilities, microSD card support, and of course, the battery.


Although sharing the same display size, the Vibe P1 wins when it comes to resolution at Full HD, 401ppi. The ZenFone Max, however, sports a newer Corning Gorilla Glass 4.


The Vibe P1 has the upper hand here with a more powerful and higher-clocked octa-core CPU.


Both smartphones sports 2GB RAM, but when it comes to internal storage, the Vibe P1 starts at a higher 32GB compared to the ZenFone Max’s 16GB. Both have support for 128GB microSD cards.


Both have 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front but utilize different autofocus features. The ZenFone Max uses Laser AF while the Vibe P1 has Phase-Detect AF.


The two smartphones support Dual-SIM with LTE. The Vibe P1, though, has an updated Bluetooth and features NFC and a fingerprint scanner.


Running the software department of the two smartphones is Android Lollipop skinned with their own custom UIs. The Vibe P1, yet again, wins with a more updated version at 5.1, but ASUS says that the Max will get the update as well.


Both phones are boasting a large 5,000mAh battery with support for OTG Charging meaning they can work like a powerbank and charge other devices. We’re yet to test the battery life of the Max but we think it has the upper hand against the P1 thanks to its modest specs.


Granted that they carry big batteries, the ZenFone Max and Vibe P1 are chunky devices. The former is thicker at 10.55 mm while the latter is at 9.9mm. The Max is also heavier at 202g versus the 189g P1. Lastly, the Max features a faux leather rear which is nice too look at and touch. The same goes with the P1, but instead of leather, it has an aluminum body.


The Vibe P1 carries a price tag of Php14,999 while the ZenFone Max’s will be revealed tomorrow. We will update this post once we have the information.

In the meantime, you can read our first impressions of the ASUS ZenFone Max here and our review of the Lenovo Vibe P1 here.

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Exclusive Themes for the Samsung Galaxy A (2016)

The new Galaxy A (2016) line-up which was announced last month in China, is in  for a treat with a set of exclusive UI themes — free!


The new 11 themes are available for free download via Samsung’s Theme Store. In order to view them, you must have the latest Galaxy A smartphones including the Galaxy A3 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016), and Galaxy A7 (2016).


The themes are minimalistic although there ain’t many options to choose since the 11 themes mostly differ only in colors.


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CloudFone Excite Prime: 5.5″ display under Php4k

Aside from the Special Edition, CloudFone also announced a new phablet offering for just under four thousand bucks — the Excite Prime.

CloudFone Excite Prime

The CloudFone Excite Prime is one of the affordable phablet in the local market with its 5.5-inch HD display and a 1.4GHz octa-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. There’s also an ample 16GB of internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card. Cameras are no slouch either, well at least on paper, with 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel shooters. 

CloudFone Excite Prime specfications:
5.5-inch IPS LCD (1280 x 720 pixels), 267ppi
1.4GHz MediaTek MT6595 octa-core processor
Mali-450 GPU
16GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
13-megapixel rear camera w/ LED flash
5-megapixel front-facing camera
Dual SIM

The Excite Prime will on sale for just Php3,999 w/ free Spotify Edition earphones and a back cover case.

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CloudFone Special Edition w/ Disney for Php4,999

CloudFone announces their collaboration with Disney, and the result is a bundle for the CloudFone Special Edition.

CloudFone Special Edition Phones - Disney Bundle

With Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars in tow, CloudFone is giving Filipino consumers more entertainment value to smartphones.

CloudFone Special Edition Phones - Marvel Bundle

Other than that, the Special Edition is also the world’s first smartphone to be powered by the Intel Atom x3 quad-core processor.

CloudFone Special Edition Phones - Star Wars Bundle

CloudFone Special Edition specifications:
5-inch HD display
2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass
Intel Atom x3 processor
16 internal storage
Expandable via microSD
8-megapixel rear camera w/ LED flash
2-megapixel front camera
Dual SIM
Android 5.1 Lollipop

The device will go on sale on February 2016 for Php4,999. The bundle includes exclusive Disney protective cases and headphones.

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